.DOCM File Extension – Risks and Tips

What is the .DOCM file extensions and how do you open it? Why can .DOCM files be dangerous? Learn the answers to these questions and more in our article!

What are .DOCM Files?

A once well-known and widely spread cyber phenomenon has made a comeback to the virtual scene of malicious activity. The star we have in mind and to which today’s article is solely dedicated to is the .DOCM virus. Now, just so to be clear, we’ll first explain what .DOCM is. It’s an extension for Microsoft Word files, which contain embedded macros. The idea is for those macros to be able to be executed within the document and the purpose of the file is to automate Word Open XML document tasks.

So, having covered that, it should be easier now to understand how the virus works. As pointed out, this type of malware has already been popular once – back in the 2000’s, but disappeared since then, either due to Microsoft developing more sophisticated means of recognizing infected files, or just because hackers found more effective ways to ruin people’s day. Over a decade later, we see it resurfacing and bringing with it all sorts of nasty things you wouldn’t ever want on your computer. These shady companions could be, for example, Trojan Horse viruses, which are among the most common viruses circulating the web. They are notorious for their stealth and multifunctionality, as well as the immense damage they can cause. Would you want something like that hanging around your system? Didn’t think so.

How exactly are .DOCM files a threat then?

As mentioned, these files can be infected with literally any virus thinkable. The malware is embedded within the Word file, which will in most cases appear blank to you, except for maybe a short message asking you to enable Macros in order to view this sample. The trick here is that the virus is actually written in white font, hence your inability to see it. Once you enable Macros, as politely asked for by the nice cyber criminals, the system will run the script and drop the malware. From then on, it will do whatever it is programmed to do, and typically it won’t be pleasant. Malware is by definition malicious software, so it can commit to any tasks from stealing your data, to spying on you, to wrecking your computer.

How to tell if a file with a .DOCM file extension is infected?

Unfortunately, there is no easy way for an user to manually tell if a .DOCM file is infected or perfectly fine, short of opening it. This is precisely where anti-malware and anti-virus programs step up. Nearly all such programs are capable of scanning the code and picking up any malicious intent.

Methods used by hackers to spread .DOCM infected files

Infected .DOCM files are in most cases distributed via email. At first you would think, but who’d fall for some spam email, right? Unless you have already had the bad luck of running into one of these bad boys, you will be surprised to learn just how persuasive and sophisticated they can be. There have been instances of cyber criminals pretending to be some well-known brand or company, whose services you might very well be using. Perhaps the email can be regarding a bill and you would be prompted to open the attachment, because you would certainly like to make sure just how much and what you’ve paid for. That being said, you can now probably get a better picture of the type of sneaky techniques hackers use just to fool you into downloading their virus.

Safety tips

Well, hopefully now that you’ve been introduced to the concept of .DOCM files, you’ll be on the lookout for them and will think twice before downloading and opening one, when it comes your way. Nonetheless, we urge users to be critical when receiving any sort of email and analyze its details before even opening it. Many web-based email hosting services offer you the possibility of previewing the first line of a received email prior to opening it. That way you can at least get some sort of idea what this would be about. Also, pay attention to the subject and especially to the sender email. Again, these are all things you can do before opening the email, along with the existence of an attached file, so if any of those arouse suspicion – it’s best to avoid opening the message. If you have opened it, however, be very cautious in following any hyperlink and downloading whatever attachment there might be.

It should also go without saying that you need to have a reliable security system installed on your computer. A well-established and proven antivirus will go a long way and doesn’t require much effort to set up, preferably along with a browser extension in order to maximize your safety, while browsing.

How To Remove OneDrive from Windows 10 (Guide)

The guide will help you remove OneDrive from Windows 10 File Explorer. These instructions will block the OneDrive from starting and remove its shortcut from the File Explorer.

What is OneDrive?

Following the success of Google Drive Microsoft decided to create a rival product, and thus purchased One Drive. This is how OneDrive became Microsoft’s file cloud service, to which Windows users can upload their files and make them available to the public or their contacts. The files can be accessed from mobile devices or other computers using a web browser – all you need is an internet connection. The service is very useful and the use of clouds and file hosting in general is becoming ever more due to its convenience. However, not all people have the necessity of using OneDrive and other similar platforms; therefore, they see no use in it being on their computer. Being integrated with Windows 10, as well as 8.1, OneDrive is always present in the file explorer of both Windows versions much to the convenience of people who use it and to the utter annoyance of those who don’t.

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If you are one of the many users, who would like to get rid of OneDrive and no longer have to see it in your file explorer this can be achieved in a few very simply steps that won’t take more than a minute to complete. Simply follow them as described below and they will guide you towards removing OneDrive from Windows 10.

How to remove OneDrive from Windows 10:

The Guide

  • Please note that this guide contains editing the registry files. If you closely follow the instructions provided this is safe to use, but never delete or edit other files. We also recommend that you set up a System Restore point – just in case.
  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing and holding the Windows Key + R.
  2. Type in Regedit.exe and hit Enter.                            1
  3. This will open the Registry Editor. In the left pane search for and click on the registry key titled: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}
  4. To the right, click on System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and under Value data type 0. If you are using 64-bit Windows 10, you might need to do the same for registry key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6 2
  5. Close the File explorer window and re-open it. The issue should now be solved and OneDrive will no longer be visible.

Please let us know if we were able to help you in the comment section below or in case you had difficulties implementing the above steps. If you have found an even better solution to hiding OneDrive, we will be more than happy to hear about it and update our guide with your fix, so please don’t hesitate to share.

HTTP Error 503 – Service Unavailable (Fix Guide)

Our guide will explain the “HTTP Error – 503 Service Unavailable” error. This error can also occur as “Error 503 Backend fetch failed”.

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Arguably one of the most common errors people tend to encounter when browsing the Internet, it would be hard to find someone who has never seen Error 503 Service Unavailable on their screen. There are many different variations of this error, such as “503 Service Temporarily Unavailable”, “HTTP Server Error 503”, “HTTP 503”, “503 Error” and others. What they all have in common is the number 503 and the fact they basically still refer to the same thing. The 503 Service unavailable error is an HTTP status code, which is a standard response code, transited from the website’s server. Basically, it translates to the server not being available at that time. The reason why it may look as differently, as illustrated above, is purely due to whether or not the message had been customized by the specific website or the server software that transmits it.

There are two main causes for Error 503 to be appearing and they both have to do with the server of the website you’re trying to view. One reason is that the server is simply too busy and is overloaded. Another reason is that there may be some maintenance going on at that specific time. Either way, these are things your computer has nothing to with, as the problem is on the server’s side. Yes, sometimes, in very rare cases, it might have to do with your machine being in conflict with a given site, but for the most part that is very unlikely. However, even though the issue not being on your side, there are still ways to fix it, which we will show you here.

HTTP Error 503 – Service Unavailable

The Guide

Step 1: Simply try reloading the page. You can do that either by pressing F5 on your keyboard or using the Refresh button. In many cases this will be enough to have the problem solved, as the issue on the other side is usually only temporary.

Step 2: Restart your modem (router). After this, make sure to also restart your PC.

Step 3: In case neither of the above work and you have a pressing issue that needs to be addressed by accessing the website, you can try contacting the website admins. Check online for the contact details of the site you are trying to reach, there are lists available for the most popular websites and many of those have social media pages with support there to assist you, if need be.

Step 4: Wait. As pointed out earlier, the server might be overcrowded with users such as yourself. It could help if you just tried visiting the page again later, as often this is exactly the case.

Step 5: If you are encountering Error 503 on your own website, there are several other things you can try doing. For example, something may have crashed, so you might want to try and restart all running processes. Perhaps your website may have all of a sudden gained more traffic than it was intended for. Also check for things like bandwidth throttling and connection limits.

We will be glad to know if our fixes were able to help you solve your problem, so please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below!

How to Create Bootable USB For Windows 10/7 (Guide)

Learn how to create a bootable USB/DVD for Windows using the freeware utility Rufus.

How to Create a Bootable USB/DVD

The Guide

This guide will help you create a bootable USB/DVD that you can later use to install the specific OS.

  1. Download the Windows version you want to upload on the DVD/USB from Microsoft’s official site.
    • Important: Make sure that you download the OS in ISO format or else you won’t be able to make the DVD/USB bootable.
  2. Download a burning program and install it. There are plenty of such tools online, both paid and free.
    • For our guide we will be using the program called Rufus. It can burn both DVD disks and UFD’s (USB flash drive).
  3. Burning the device: 
    1. Get a DVD disk (preferably a double-layered one) or a USB that has at least 8 GB of storage space. Just make sure that whatever you are using, it has enough space for the ISO file of the OS.
    2. Put the disk inside your DVD drive or the USB flash device inside your USB port.
    3. Open Rufus and wait until it detects the device (this should happen almost instantly).
    4. Pick the appropriate device from the drop down menu.
    5. If not already checked, place a check mark on Create a bootable disk using and set the setting next to it to ISO Image.                                                                            11
    6. Click on the disk icon next to ISO Image and find the ISO file of the OS you’ve downloaded earlier. Once you find it, click OK.
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    7. Recommended step: Set the file system to FAT 32
    8. Click Start and wait for the disk/USB device to be burned.

That’s it! You can also check our guide on how to use the bootable USB/DVD image to repair various problems with Windows here.

For any additional questions please use the comment section below this article. We’ll do our best to aid you, of course, free of charge!

 

How to Set Up Windows 10 Parental Controls

This article will teach you how to set up Parental Controls on Windows 10. Actually, it is rather easy to set up Windows 10 Parental Controls – provided you already know how, of course.

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has redefined the way we, users, perceive privacy and security. The latest Windows version far exceeds its predecessors in the vast number of different security settings it offers, but also the staggering amount of data it may potentially have access to. This has in turn led to much controversy and, though the amount of people opposed to Microsoft’s policies is rather large and their outrage was made known, there’s arguably an equal amount of people in favor of the new settings and newly introduced security mechanisms. One such category is formed by parents, who are willing to take the extra step in making sure their youngsters stay out of trouble. We’re talking about the Parental Control options. These features enable parents to keep track of their children’s PC usage, including the websites they visit, what content they’ve been interacting with and it even goes as far as to inform parents about the software their kids had been using.

Of course, it’s understandable that some concerned parents would like to ensure as much safety for their children, as they possibly can. The Internet can be a dark and scary place, hiding numerous threats, all of which we are well aware of. Naturally, protective parental instincts would dictate that the child’s exposure to these threats be limited. Thus, child accounts came to be, which adults can configure to limit access to certain apps, websites, etc. On the flipside of this thoughtful feature is the weekly report that is sent to the parent or guardian, who created the child account. It basically contains a record of each step the child has made on that particular PC: a list of visited websites, how much time was spent on each of them, as well as, which programs and for how long were used by the kid. Many parents were unaware of this prying into their children’s life and were quite frankly horrified to find out about it consequently.

However, you’re not bound to this activity report and if you don’t want to see it – you don’t have to. You can opt out of the weekly email and it’s only a matter of a few clicks. Setting up an accounts for your kid is also simple and we’ll show you here how to that.

How to Set Up Windows 10 Parental Controls

The Guide

Creating an account:

First off, go to Settings  and choose Accounts. In the menu select Family & other users. To the right you will see an option called Add a family member. Click that and in the new dialogue box that appears choose Add a child. In the designated email field you can either enter your child’s email address, if they have one. If not, enter your own email address and click Next, then Confirm. Make sure to confirm your email address, which will result in the account being created.

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Managing security settings:

Once you’ve set up the account, it’s time to configure the various settings. Again, head over to Settings -> Accounts -> Family & other users. Click on Manage family settings online. This will open a new window in your browser, on which you will be offered a number of different settings for you to edit. You will be able to adjust the settings regarding the weekly activity report there. Also, you will be able to set limitations regarding web pages, apps, games and you will even be able to restrict your child’s screen time. The last option will allow you to program each day separately, if need be, and include things like evening study time, for example. In addition to all this, each child account can have a given amount of money on it for purchasing programs and games. You decide how much your child will be allowed to spend and you will also have a purchase history available to you, so you are always aware of what exactly your kid has been buying.

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How to Disable Hibernation Windows 10/7

This article will help you Disable Hibernation for Windows 10/7. As part of the guide you’ll also learn how to delete hiberfil.sys

Hibernation in computers represents powering down your machine without losing its current operational data. This data is stored in the hiberfil.sys file. Unfortunately, hibernation is not always a stable process and some people may need to disable hibernation in Windows 7/10, in order to avoid a variety of problems. Sometimes you just need to delete hiberfil.sys, but this is not always the case.

When hibernation is initiated, the contents of your RAM (Random Access Memory) are saved on your hard drive. This is because RAM is volatile and loses its data once powered down. Unlike RAM, hard drives are non-volatile and always retain their data – even if power is cut off. This advantage of this permanent storage is in the essence of hibernation. A powered down system in hibernation uses less electrical power and allows the rest of the hardware inside your machine to power down like a regular shutdown. This process allows users to retain the state of their desktops without the need to boot the system back up like a regular start up, which takes much longer time. It takes only a fraction of the time to return a system from hibernation to a usable state, compared to a normal boot. 

This feature is frequently used with laptops, because they possess a limited power source in the form of a battery. This can be set for laptops automatically once the battery reaches a low percentage. Most desktop PCs also support hibernation, including Windows since its early versions. Hibernation is a good thing and should be used, unless it’s causing problems. In that case you’ll need to disable hibernation from Windows 7/10 yourself. The reason behind a surge of problems with the latest versions of windows is because hibernation became the standard command when the power button is pressed. Instead of powering off normally, hibernation is automatically used. The problem with that is the fact that some computers have trouble hibernating, especially those with older versions of Windows or when using older hardware (essentially older PCs). These systems are sometimes plagued by various bugs, related to hibernation and disabling hibernation for Windows 7/10 may be the only way to fix the problem. Fortunately, that’s not really a hard thing to do. It’s possible to remove it completely and it’s quite simple, too. The process is described below:

How to Disable Hibernation in Windows 7/10

The Guide

  1. Open (click) the Search Bar at the bottom left corner of your screen.

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  2. Search for “cmd”.

  3. Right click on the search result “Command Prompt” and choose “Run as administrator“.

  4. You now have an elevated version of it, which enables you to type the following command to turn off hibernation:

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(You can copy the line from here) powercfg -h off

The moment you type that command and press enter, hibernation will be disabled on your computer. Now, pressing the power button will only turn the computer off instead of suspending it in hibernation. It will also not go into hibernation if it stays idle for too long, as used to be the case before.

How to delete hiberfil.sys

In addition to this, in order to be able to store the data from RAM in a non-volatile storage, the computer creates a file named “hiberfil.sys“, a paging file, which is stored in the boot sector of your hard drive. During hibernation, the entirety of your Random Access Memory is saved in this single file. Before, it used to be as large as the amount of RAM you have, but Windows 7 introduced compression of up to 50 % of its original size (75 % by default). This means that the file is usually smaller than the amount of RAM you have. Regardless, if you have had hibernation disabled in Windows 7/10 this is just wasted memory and you should delete hiberfil.sys to free it. For computers with a lot of RAM this can free a lot of space!

If you have any problems disabling hibernation in Windows 7/10 or just want to hear our advice, feel free to post in the comments below!

Revealing Hidden Files and Folders Guide

Revealing hidden files and folders guide

Often times, unwanted programs conceal their files be making them hidden. Also, for troubleshooting certain problems with your PC, you’d need to access certain system files that are hidden by Windows and revealing them is necessary Therefore, if you are currently dealing with some sort of a problematic software or a problem wit corrupted system data, it is advisable that you make any hidden files on your PC visible. Here is a brief guide on how you can do that. The instructions below are similar for most versions of Windows.

  1. Go to any folder on your PC and press the Alt button from your keyboard.
  2. A menu should appear at the top. Go to Tools and from the drop-down list select Folder Options.
  3. Go to the section labeled View and scroll down until you find a setting named Show Hidden files, folders and drives.
  4. Check the setting and select OK.

Now, all hidden files on your PC will be visible. Their icons will appear transparent which indicates that they are invisible when the Show Hidden files, folders and drives option is not enabled. If you want to hide those files again, simply go back to the Folder Options window and this time check the Don’t show Hidden files, folders and drives option. If you want to hide a certain file or folder so that other people cannot see it, here is what you need to do:

  1. Right click on the file or folder that you want to make invisible.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. In the resulting window, check the box next the option labeled Hidden.
  4. Click on OK and press the F5 key on your keyboard – this will refresh Windows Explorer and the file you wantet to kide will now be invisible unless the setting  Show Hidden files, folders and drives has been enabled (in which case, the file would appear transparent).

How to Disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome (Guide)

This guide will help you disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome. Hardware Acceleration can be responsible for a variety of issues – including mouse lag. video and audio stutter and more.

Google Chrome is a decent browser. However, it has its own issues that sometimes may prevent us from using it at its best. A recent problem that some users have been reporting is related to some mouse lagging and some sluggish performance whenever they try to click on a link or copy a text. Such a problem may not be a big deal, but surely can be frustrating to the point that you may prefer to switch to some other browser, just to get rid of the annoying lags. Luckily, if you are a keen Google Chrome user and you don’t want to give up on your default browser, there are some fixes you can try in order to eliminate this irritating issue.

There are some fixes available online, however, they may not really have significant effect on improving your Chrome browser performance. That’s why in this guide we will offer you to try something different. In the next lines, our team will share with you a solution that we found to be working and we hope that it will work for you, too.

From what we have tested, it appears that fixing the Chrome lagging problem can be tied to Hardware Acceleration, disabling Hardware Acceleration in Chrome can be a big boost to performance on some systems. After you follow the instructions below, your Google Chrome should be fast and responsive again and all the annoying mouse lagging and sluggish performance should be gone. So, give this solution a try and let us know if it works for you.

Hardware Acceleration and Windows 7/10

Hardware acceleration allows your Windows 7 or Windows 10 OS to make a better use out of your graphics card in order to perform better and provide the user with more advanced graphical features. When it comes to your Chrome browser, during the time hardware acceleration is enabled, it would enable better video playback performance and will improve your experience within online applications such as google maps. This works the same Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10. However, sometimes, this feature seems to be causing more harm than good, especially on systems that are not very powerful. It is no secret that Chrome is one of the most demanding browsers using considerable portions of the PC’s RAM. Therefore, having a feature that further increases the system resource consumption might sometimes be a little too much. Therefore, if you want to have the hardware acceleration disabled, use the following guide – it works the same for Windows 7,8 (8.1) and Windows 10.

How to Disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome

The Guide

Usually, the reasons for your problems with the Google Chrome’s performance can be many. That’s why there is not a universal fix for this and even the solution that we are offering here may not work for everyone. However, giving it a try will surely do no harm to your browser and you will only benefit if it works. Some users are reporting that the latency issues and mouse lags that they have been having were successfully solved when they turned the hardware acceleration off, so if you are experiencing some similar problems, it may be worth reading. Here is what you need to do:

Step 1: Open your Google Chrome browser.

Step 2: Next, seek for the icon with the three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window as shown in the picture. When you hover over it, it should say “Customize and control Google Chrome”. Click on that icon to open the menu.

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Step 3: Find the Settings option at the bottom of the menu and click on it.
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Step 5: Scroll down to the end of the page that appears and there you should find a box stating “Use hardware acceleration when available

Step 6: Remove the checkmark from the box beside it. This will turn off the hardware acceleration.
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Step 7: To make the changes take effect, you need to close Chrome and restart it.

This fix should solve the issues with the lags in your favorite browser. However, if you are still experiencing some problems, it is best to contact Google Chrome’s support site for additional assistance.

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Event ID 37: Тhe Speed of Processor in Group 0 is Being Limited (Fix)

Have you seen this message: “Speed of Processor X In Group 0 is Being Limited by System Firmware”. Learn how to fix it with our guide!

The Event ID 37 error, accompanied with the “Speed of Processor In Group is Being Limited by System Firmware” warning message is a relatively common problem users tend to experience, mainly due to Intel SpeedStep Technology. Some of our readers have recently encountered this message and were wondering what it means and how to deal with it, which is why we’ve created this article.

On its own, SpeedStep technology is actually a pretty useful and even necessary tool, which is built in a lot of Intel processors. It regulates your processor’s clock speed depending on the demand for it at a given point in time. For example, when there is a certain process or software running, SpeedStep technology increases the clock speed of your machine, so that the task or program runs quickly and smoothly. The same built-in Intel feature is responsible for decreasing the speed of your processor, when it’s idle and not in use. This, in turn, will significantly lessen the electricity consumption of your computer and will prevent it from heating up.

The Event ID 37: “Speed of Processor In Group is Being Limited by System Firmware”  warning message, caused by this feature, is visible in the Windows Event Log and typically informs you of the processor being in “reduced performance for seventy one seconds since the last report”. Below are a few steps to help you fix that.

Event ID 37: “Speed of Processor In Group 0 is Being Limited”

The Guide

  1. To begin with, you will need to reset your BIOS settings to Default.
  2. Be sure to have the latest drivers for your hardware and especially for these three: Chipset (Motherboard), Intel® Rapid Storage Technology, Video Card.
  3. Clean your computer from any dust – you will have to open it and clean it by hand. Check online if you are unsure how to open your PC make for this purpose. This is important to make sure your machine isn’t overheating.
  4. Next, you will have to disable SpeedStep Technology, which you can either do in your BIOS or in Windows Environment. We will show you how to do both.

Disabling SpeedStep Technology from BIOS:

  1. Enter your computer’s BIOS (check online if you’re not sure how to do this, as this is different from PC to PC brand and model) and reset them to Default.
  2. Navigate to a setting that will be called one of the following:
    Dynamic CPU Frequency, Intel SpeedStep, SpeedStep or EIST (Enhanced Intel SpeedStep). Select either Disable or Always High, depending on the options given. If you see none of these, move on to the next method.

Disabling SpeedStep Technology from Windows:

  1. Press the Windows + R key combination and in the resulting dialog box type “control panel”. Press Enter.
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  2. Locate Power Options (switch View to Small Icons if necessary) and open it.
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  3. Under Preferred plans, click on Change plan settings opposite the plan that is ticked.
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  4. Choose Change advanced power settings.
  5. In the new window, select High Performance from the dropdown menu.
  6. Click on Processor power management to expand it and set both the Minimum and Maximum Processor State to 100%. After this, click Apply and OK.
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  7. Restart your PC.

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Find What Facebook Knows About You (Guide)

Want to know what Facebook knows about you? Check our guide and find out!

It is known that Facebook uses a lot of patterns to analyze and learn more about your online activity. This is done in order to build an advertising profile about you, which helps the Facebook advertisers display their ads based on your specific interests. On this guide, we have collected a few tips that will help you take a look at the information that has been gathered about your online activity and here we will show you how you can edit it.

Learn What Facebook Knows About You

The Guide

Generally, when it comes to your personal information, Facebook has three ways of figuring out things about you:

  • First, it collects all the information that you give it directly, such as your name, age, marital status, parental status, where you live, what you do for work, what your education is, etc.
  • Second, it monitors what you do while you are on Facebook. This includes the stuff that you “like”, groups that you’ve joined, photos and links that you share, things that you click on, etc.
  • And third, it may track what you do on the rest of the Internet when you are outside of Facebook, such as websites you visit and things that you search for through your search engine. Also, Facebook may read the cookies that other websites use in order to display ads both on its platform and on other web locations.

If you want to have control over all these things, however, there are a few things you can customize and this is what we are going to share with you here.

Manage your ad preferences:

The information about your activity forms your ad preferences. In order to access this information you have to visit your ad preferences page on Facebook. For that, log in to your Facebook and paste the following link in a new window of your browser – https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences

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On the page that opens you will see a section called “Interests” with different sections. Each section represents a group of interests that Facebook organizes based on your interests and online activity. There may be many categories such as sports, news, entertainment, people, and business.
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To manage your data, all you have to do is go through these categories and if you see something is not relevant or you don’t want it to be listed, just remove it. This can be done if you click the “X” that appears in the upper-right corner of the item when you hover over it. Removing it should eliminate or at least reduce the ads you see, related to that content.

Manage the Advertisers that have your contacts:

When you are finished with customizing your “Interests” section, go down to the “Advertisers” section. There you will see a list of Facebook advertisers that already have your contact information. You can remove them again from the “X” button that pears when you hover the mouse and this should hide advertisements from these organizations or companies.

How to see fewer ads on your Facebook timeline?

Another thing you can do if your timeline is really full of annoying advertisements is to click on the downward arrow in the upper-right corner of the ad as shown in the picture below.
Then, select “Why am I seeing this?” and mark the ad accordingly. This should hide it or reduce the amount of advertisements of this type.

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Make Facebook stop tracking you on the internet:

Another annoying thing that Facebook does is it watching what you do outside of Facebook, again with the idea to show you ads. You can disable this activity by clicking on the Settings menu, then selecting Ads and turning the “Ads based on my use of websites and apps” OFF.
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Of course, this will not prevent Facebook from showing you just as many ads as before, but at least it will not be tracking your web activity.

What do you think about the tips above? Are they helpful? What other ways to protect your privacy do you know? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.